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From the Ted Talk "Tan Le: My immigration story"

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The next piece of the jigsaw is of a boat in the early dawn slipping silently out to sea. My mother, Mai, was 18 when her eahtrf died — already in an raagrend marriage, already with two lamsl girls. For her, efil had distilled itself into one task: the escape of her family and a new life in Australia. It was inconceivable to her that she would not succeed. So after a four-year saga that defies fiction, a boat lsppdei out to sea disguised as a fishing vessel. All the adults knew the irssk. The greatest fear was of etsripa, erpa and death. Like most adults on the boat, my mother carried a small bottle of poison. If we were captured, first my sister and I, then she and my grandmother would drink.

Open Cloze

The next piece of the jigsaw is of a boat in the early dawn slipping silently out to sea. My mother, Mai, was 18 when her ______ died — already in an ________ marriage, already with two _____ girls. For her, ____ had distilled itself into one task: the escape of her family and a new life in Australia. It was inconceivable to her that she would not succeed. So after a four-year saga that defies fiction, a boat _______ out to sea disguised as a fishing vessel. All the adults knew the _____. The greatest fear was of _______, ____ and death. Like most adults on the boat, my mother carried a small bottle of poison. If we were captured, first my sister and I, then she and my grandmother would drink.

Solution

  1. life
  2. arranged
  3. pirates
  4. slipped
  5. father
  6. risks
  7. small
  8. rape

Original Text

The next piece of the jigsaw is of a boat in the early dawn slipping silently out to sea. My mother, Mai, was 18 when her father died — already in an arranged marriage, already with two small girls. For her, life had distilled itself into one task: the escape of her family and a new life in Australia. It was inconceivable to her that she would not succeed. So after a four-year saga that defies fiction, a boat slipped out to sea disguised as a fishing vessel. All the adults knew the risks. The greatest fear was of pirates, rape and death. Like most adults on the boat, my mother carried a small bottle of poison. If we were captured, first my sister and I, then she and my grandmother would drink.

Important Words

  1. adults
  2. arranged
  3. australia
  4. boat
  5. bottle
  6. captured
  7. carried
  8. dawn
  9. death
  10. defies
  11. died
  12. disguised
  13. distilled
  14. drink
  15. early
  16. escape
  17. family
  18. father
  19. fear
  20. fiction
  21. fishing
  22. girls
  23. grandmother
  24. greatest
  25. inconceivable
  26. jigsaw
  27. knew
  28. life
  29. mai
  30. marriage
  31. mother
  32. piece
  33. pirates
  34. poison
  35. rape
  36. risks
  37. saga
  38. sea
  39. silently
  40. sister
  41. slipped
  42. slipping
  43. small
  44. succeed
  45. vessel